How the braking system works

in Basics

Dual-circuit braking system A typical dual-circuit braking system in which each circuit acts on both front wheels and one-rear wheel....

How the charging system works

in Basics

An alternator Inside an alternator the belt-driven rotor becomes an electromagnet when current is fed to it. As the rotor...

How the starting system works

in Basics

Inertia system An inertia type starter: this one is an 'inboard' type in which the Bendix gear throws the pinion...

How an engine cooling system works

in Basics

How the coolant circulates A typical water-cooling system with an engine-driven fan: note the bypass hose taking off hot coolant...

How car heating and ventilation systems work

in Basics

A typical car heating system A modern car has a ventilation system that provides a constant through-flow of fresh air,...

The engine

in Basics

Different engine layouts The simplest and most common type of engine comprises four vertical cylinders close together in a row....

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